AIB bank calls on the Government to cut taxes for property developers and landlords, a move it says is necessary to tackle the housing crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Housing document AIB will target “empty nesters” to downsize their properties in a bid to “free up under-utilised family houses” on the market, repor(...)

Star Wars on  Skellig Micheal: visits on a permit system are meant to be capped at 11,100 annually  but  increased to 16,000 in 2017. Photographs: Lucasfilm

An Taisce has urged Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan to intervene over the “rebranding” of Kerry’s Skellig Michael as a “Disney-Lucasfilm fantasy (...)

Priority flood-defence projects are expected to be allocated €267m in total. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government will need to spend €1 billion over a decade to ensure that flood defences across the country are up to standard, according to Minister (...)

Castletown House and Demesne contains four occupied properties.

One-third of residences owned by the State in parks and public spaces are vacant and a majority of the empty properties are in poor condition, it has (...)

Young scientists engage in participative science at the launch of this year’s Galway Science and Technology Festival. Photo: Andrew Downes

Across the world science centres provide an important and successful means of communicating science to the public. We have been slow in getting off th(...)

 Flood defences in Clonmel hold back a flooded river Suir in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Insurers say they still cannot offer insurance to certain homes where temporary flood barriers have proven to be effective because of the risk of “hum(...)

An online petition headed ‘Save The Iveagh Gardens’ has attracted more than 10,000 signatures in less than a week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Olivia Kelly Dublin Correspondent The Office of Public Works (OPW) has rejected claims that it plans to build a National Children’s Science Centre in(...)

Seán Hogan, Chairman of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group during a media briefing on Hurricane Ophelia on Kildare Street in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State’s National Emergency Co-ordination Group has urged people to not take unnecessary risks and to remain indoors on Monday afternoon. Hurrica(...)

Spider-man, whose alter ego on this occasion is Jamie Kenny from Drogheda, attends Dublin Comic Con 2017, held in the Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Convention Centre Dublin’s contribution to the Irish economy rose 16 per cent to €51 million last year, as the number of delegates and visitors at(...)

Residents wade through floodwaters in Houston, Texas, US, this week. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

The US National Weather Service is not noted for alarmist pronouncements. So when it tweeted that Hurricane Harvey was unprecedented and that “al(...)

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